1969 Dodge Dart GTS
This 1969 Dodge Dart GTS is a rare find classic. Manufactured and titled in Mexico, this true Dart GTS retains it's original 318ci V-8 engine, 4 speed transmission and factory original headers. Reportably stored indoors for the past 16 years, it shows what is believed to be original 38,000 on the odometer. Being manufactured in Mexico, the speedometer/odometer is metric. The markings of the speedometer tops out at 240, being 160mph.
All Dodges were built at the AutoMex plant in Toluca, Mexico assembly plant from 1960-1972. The GTS was also built there using body panels imported from the USA but finsihed rather differently than the USA/Canadian versions of the 1968 and 1969 GTS. Here is a brief description from the Auto Hobby Digest website that can be found here:
History of the Mexican GTS!
In addition to offering a two door Dart 270 and a four door Dart 270, Chrysler was offering a Dart GTS. Along with the Barracuda, the GTS was fitted with all available high performance components: disc brakes, a four speed transmission (or an optional automatic), sway bars, and D-70x14 tires fitted to 14x5.5" rims. Initially in 1968, the engine was the corporate 230hp 318cid V8. For 1969, Chrysler introduced a 270hp 318 V8 and this became the standard engine for the GTS. It featured a 4bbl carb, 9.5:1 compression, larger valves and a heavy duty crank.
GTS's were available with both bench seats and buckets, in addition to being outfitted with a Barracuda instrument cluster and dash. Unlike GTS's in the US, the GTS of Mexico would continue on for the 1970 model year.
The cars did not have a VIN as we know it here in the USA. They were not assigned dash board VIN plates until 1980. The cars were identified with a metal door jamb decal displaying the serial number, engine number, and registry number. Engines were assembled in Mexico and were "numbers matching" to the car. "Hecho en Mexcio" was stamped on the intake manifold but no serial number.
After assembly at the Toluca plant, the cars were driven by independent contractors from the plant to the dealerships. Odometers were disconnected. Speaking of odometers, the speedometer and odometer were in metric, and with the use of the Barracuda Rally cluster, the markings went up to 240 kph.
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